Grosses

'The Equalizer' Impresses with $34.1M Start; 'The Maze Runner' Holds Up Well with $17.4M; 'The Boxtrolls' Debuts in Third with Very Solid $17.3MSeptember 29, 2014 01:07 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's The Equalizer debuted in first place this weekend with a strong start of $34.14 million. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington debuted towards the higher end of pre-release expectations, which were lofty, especially for the month of September. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Equalizer delivered the fourth largest opening weekend ever for the month of September (behind only 2012's Hotel Transylvania, 2013's Insidious Chapter 2 and 2002's Sweet Home Alabama). The film's debut represented the third largest opening weekend performance ever for Washington (behind only 2007's American Gangster and 2012's Safe House). The Equalizer opened 4 percent stronger than the $32.79 million start of 2010's The Book of Eli and 15 percent below the $40.17 million start of Safe House.

The Equalizer opened with $12.49 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.5 million from Thursday night shows), increased 8 percent on Saturday to gross $13.49 million and declined 40 percent on Sunday to take in $8.15 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.73 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed slightly towards male moviegoers (52 percent) and towards moviegoers 30 years and older (65 percent). The Equalizer received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is an encouraging sign for the film going forward.

The Maze Runner placed in second with $17.44 million. The young adult adaptation from Fox held up relatively well this weekend, as it was down 46 percent from last weekend's strong start. The Maze Runner has grossed $57.96 million in ten days and continues to display strong early holding power for a young adult adaptation. Thanks in part to a significantly stronger second weekend hold, The Maze Runner is now running 32 percent ahead of the $44.01 million ten-day take of last year's Ender's Game and is already on the verge of reaching the $61.74 million final domestic gross of Ender's Game.

The Boxtrolls was off to a very solid third place start this weekend with $17.28 million. The latest 3D stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika debuted a bit above pre-release expectations. Compared to previous films from Focus and Laika, The Boxtrolls opened 23 percent ahead of the $14.09 million start of 2012's ParaNorman and a slim 3 percent ahead of the $16.85 million start of 2009's Coraline. ParaNorman and Coraline both displayed terrific holding power and going forward The Boxtrolls will hope to accomplish the same.

The Boxtrolls opened with $4.93 million on Friday, increased a strong 51 percent on Saturday to gross $7.46 million and declined 34.5 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.51 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewered towards female moviegoers (57 percent). The Boxtrolls received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You placed in fourth with $6.89 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey held up well this weekend, as it was down 40 percent from last weekend's so-so start. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $22.44 million in ten days. That places the film 13.5 percent behind the $25.94 million ten-day start of 2011's The Change-Up (which fell 53 percent in its second weekend to gross $6.31 million).

Fellow Warner Bros. release Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with $4.79 million. The family film sequel was down 46 percent from last weekend, as the film appears to have taken a bit of a hit from The Boxtrolls arriving in the marketplace. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $33.62 million in 17 days. The film is currently running 31 percent behind the $49.04 million 17-day take of 2011's Dolphin Tale and is displaying significantly softer holding power.

No Good Deed followed in sixth with $4.51 million. Sony's low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down 54 percent. No Good Deed continues to be very front-loaded, but has still grossed a healthy $46.53 million in 17 days.

Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones was down five spots and a massive 67 percent from last weekend with a seventh place take of $4.19 million. Lackluster word of mouth and the new direct competition from The Equalizer both had a clear negative effect on the Liam Neeson led action thriller this weekend. A Walk Among the Tombstones is now running below expectations with a ten-day start of $20.83 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 28 percent to place in eighth with $3.77 million. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $318.41 million final unadjusted gross of 2008's Iron Man. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a massive $319.17 million through 59 days of release.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 25 - Sun, Mar. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$23,751,502--3,167--$7,500$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$19,058,199--3,033--$6,284$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$15,055,249-20%2,80549$5,367$41,111,2312Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$10,750,365-19%2,7070$3,971$28,717,5482Lionsgate
5Rango$9,772,822-35%3,645-198$2,681$106,335,9874Paramount
6Paul$7,856,800-40%2,8064$2,800$24,960,9702Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$7,582,566-48%3,118-299$2,432$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$4,311,312-40%2,715-315$1,588$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$4,290,795-26%2,282-378$1,880$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$2,258,428-58%2,170-947$1,041$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$2,167,645-32%1,585-225$1,368$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Hall Pass$1,705,370-34%1,204-701$1,416$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
13The King's Speech$1,557,618-23%1,062-187$1,467$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
14Just Go With It$1,510,275-33%1,116-592$1,353$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia
15Gnomeo and Juliet$1,510,003-34%1,364-384$1,107$95,872,5377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$646,340-49%688-713$939$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
2Tangled$550,994-11%301-33$1,831$198,526,56918Disney
3I Am Number Four$498,098-51%512-443$973$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$410,455-42%406-144$1,011$36,959,6816Fox
5Cedar Rapids$407,665-22%342-120$1,192$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
6Of Gods and Men$332,63513%12026$2,772$2,103,4255Sony Pictures Classics
7Yogi Bear$321,150-29%326-112$985$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
8The Green Hornet$220,485-23%246-36$896$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
9Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$214,107-54%289-191$741$72,556,9637Paramount
10The 5th Quarter$202,342--123--$1,645$202,3421Rocky Mountain
11Black Swan$184,3556%20716$891$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
12True Grit (2010)$182,049-27%205-63$888$170,058,65914Paramount
13Barney's Version$180,602-3%1559$1,165$7,054,14011Sony Pictures Classics
14No Strings Attached$136,249-15%213-19$640$70,477,77710Paramount
15The Fighter$110,318-50%179-137$616$93,571,80316Paramount
16The Grace Card$99,600-2%1140$874$2,295,7335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Rite$75,240-31%155-47$485$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Mechanic$48,376-13%1001$484$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$969,993108%9064$10,778$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$464,420209%2318$20,192$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Certified Copy$191,82845%4825$3,996$490,4713IFC Films
4Hubble 3D$154,5282%472$3,288$23,443,85954Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Kill the Irishman$153,4149%4120$3,742$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
6Potiche$86,017--7--$12,288$86,0171Music Box Films
7Under the Sea 3D$83,743-1%221$3,807$27,811,765111Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$80,88513%140$5,778$1,860,457463D Entertainment
9Biutiful$73,634-20%66-23$1,116$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
10TRON: Legacy$70,775-31%79-25$896$171,891,00015Disney
11Miral$66,244--4--$16,561$66,2441Weinstein Company
12Bill Cunningham New York$65,35894%32$21,786$148,4842Zeitgeist Films
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$58,805-12%85-9$692$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$51,9471%72-10$721$104,299,42116Fox
15The Last Lions$51,299-25%44-2$1,166$525,6526National Geographic
16The Music Never Stopped$48,667-36%331$1,475$150,5152Roadside Attractions
17I Am (2011)$48,25012%153$3,217$250,1946Paladin
18The Eagle$45,848-1%975$473$19,434,5967Focus
19Take Me Home Tonight$43,652-68%89-192$490$6,817,0814Relativity Media
20The Salvation Poem$43,054--11--$3,914$644,72424CanZion Films
21The Company Men$43,03230%48-10$897$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
22From Prada to Nada$41,551412%292$1,433$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Illusionist (2010)$36,431-27%49-9$743$2,124,96314Sony Pictures Classics
24Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$32,083-20%242$1,337$444,9816Vitagraph
25Blue Valentine (2010)$31,742-8%441$721$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
26Another Year$29,189-22%36-12$811$3,126,71013Sony Pictures Classics
27Drive Angry$27,549-30%72-23$383$10,558,2255Summit
28Winter in Wartime$26,15175%85$3,269$49,0712Sony Pictures Classics
29Space Station 3D$23,803-20%2-1$11,902$83,153,220467IMAX
30Poetry$20,98713%134$1,614$212,1537Kino International
31happythankyoumoreplease$20,92312%164$1,308$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
32My Perestroika$17,680--1--$17,680$25,0841International Film Circuit
33Inside Job$17,524-30%22-8$797$4,266,25925Sony Pictures Classics
34Gulliver's Travels (2010)$17,47413%34-9$514$42,732,11914Fox
35Mia and the Migoo$16,975--1--$16,975$16,9751GKIDS
36I Saw the Devil$15,762-9%121$1,314$83,8854Magnolia / Magnet
37Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$13,709-8%40$3,427$115,2444Strand Releasing
38Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$12,079--6--$2,013$74,71128Collective Eye
39Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$10,602-59%12-1$884$193,90312First Run Features
40Desert Flower$10,59438%63$1,766$22,2742National Geographic
41I Love You Phillip Morris$10,480-21%9-2$1,164$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
42Rabbit Hole$10,338-3%290$356$2,203,98015Lionsgate
43Made in Dagenham$9,428-25%12-4$786$1,083,52019Sony Pictures Classics
44Nostalgia for the Light$9,286-13%21$4,643$44,5752Icarus Films
45127 Hours$8,103-53%18-14$450$18,300,91721Fox Searchlight
46Casino Jack$7,740-21%8-11$968$1,030,00415IDP/ATO Pictures
47Cold Weather$6,9809%101$698$119,2418IFC Films
48Carancho$6,773389%31$2,258$51,6887Strand Releasing
49Peep World$6,702--3--$2,234$6,7021IFC Films
50Kaboom$6,63368%127$553$109,3009IFC Films
51The Human Resources Manager$6,00846%50$1,202$46,3404Film Movement
52The Housemaid (Hanyo)$5,760-30%7-5$823$148,50110IFC Films
53The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$5,698-76%10-27$570$42,9162China Lion Film
54Orgasm Inc.$5,4541749%21$2,727$31,8407First Run Features
55Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$5,001-45%12-4$417$1,343,8747Shorts International
56A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,84792%31$1,616$32,56711Strand Releasing
57Galapagos$4,72413%20$2,362$17,930,278596IMAX
58All Good Things$4,088-35%60$681$573,96617Magnolia Pictures
59Monogamy$3,760-27%4-1$940$17,7363Oscilloscope
60Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$2,972-39%2-1$1,486$17,3553Indican Pictures
61Heartbeats$2,959-36%3-2$986$48,3855IFC Films
62Clash (Bay Rong)$2,581-56%40$645$26,5153Variance Films
63Black Death$2,176-38%3-2$725$17,6353Magnolia / Magnet
64Into Eternity$1,858-43%3-3$619$23,2758International Film Circuit
65Putty Hill$1,812-33%1-1$1,812$37,4276Cinema Guild
66My Dog Tulip$1,540-49%30$513$230,74730New Yorker Films
67Marwencol$1,39848%32$466$111,14525Cinema Guild
68Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,383-74%2-3$692$85,2227Phase 4 Films
69Korkoro$1,224--1--$1,224$1,2241Lorber Films
70Kings of Pastry$1,223136%10$1,223$323,30928First Run
71The Little Traitor$1,119255%21$560$394,58368Westchester Films
72Elektra Luxx$1,11287%10$1,112$10,8223IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
73The Strange Case of Angelica$975--1--$975$41,84813Cinema Guild
74Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$819-94%41$205$42,12411Kino International
75Making The Boys$723-78%2-1$362$16,9183First Run Features
76Enemies of the People$490--1--$490$72,34535International Film Circuit
77Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$465--1--$465$41,59120Film Desk
78Illegal$404--1--$404$4041Film Movement
79Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$386-81%2-2$193$191,3919Variance Films
80Cracks$347-96%1-5$347$16,3492IFC Films
81Plastic Planet$27697%10$276$3,13611First Run Features
82The Trouble with Terkel$250-86%10$250$33,42453Indican
83Winter's Bone$202-79%1-3$202$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions
84The Woodmans$82--1--$82$33,96510Lorber Films